With the new revelation that fired FBI Director James Comey began writing the draft of the Hillary Clinton investigation and the forthcoming exoneration before concluding the investigation, it begs the question, “What did Obama know and when did he know it?”
Follow me on this. In April, Comey began drafting his statement finding Hillary committed no crimes. Seventeen witnesses had not even been interviewed yet. That includes Hillary herself.
Let’s look at statements Barack Obama made in that very same month of April:
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“Hillary Clinton was an outstanding Secretary of State. She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy.”
“I continue to believe she has not jeopardized America’s national security,” Obama defended Clinton. “Now what I also said is that — and she’s acknowledged — that there’s a carelessness in terms of managing e-mails that she has owned. And she recognizes that. But I also think is important to keep this in perspective. This is somebody who served her country for four years as Secretary of State and did an outstanding job and no one has suggested that in some ways as a consequence of how she’s handled e-mails that that detracted from her excellent ability to carry out her duties.”
Didn’t Obama just set the table with the same terminology Comey used in his original and final drafts? Did he read Obama’s mind or vice versa?
Here is a partial transcript of Chris Wallace’s interview with Obama:
“Some people, I think, are worried whether or not the decision whether or not how to handle the was will be made on political grounds and not legal grounds. Can you guarantee to the American people? Can you direct the Justice Department to say, Hillary Clinton will be treated as the evidence goes, she’ll not be in any way protected?”
“I can guarantee,” Obama promised. “I can guarantee that not because I give Attorney General [Loretta] Lynch a directive, that is institutionally how we have always operated. I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line and always have maintained it.”
“I guarantee it. I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI, not just in this case but in any case. Period,” Obama made clear.
“Nobody gets treated differently when it comes to the Justice Department because nobody is above the law,” the president added.
“Even if she ends up as the Democratic nominee?” Wallace asked.
“How many times do I have to say it, Chris? Guaranteed,” said Obama.
OK Let’s recap a little bit. Obama goes on TV at the same time that Comey began writing his exoneration of Hillary and the both used identical terms, careless but unintentional. He claims that Loretta Lynch has a directive that she was to keep the investigation from becoming political, but we know she met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac and told Comey to quit calling it an investigation and to use the term “matter.” No, nothing political there.
Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch was interviewed and said this:
“The office of the special counsel I believe interviewed some of his aides, including his then-chief of staff and one of his top lawyers,” Fitton added. “Under questioning, they admitted he began drafting the statement that he famously, or infamously, read in early July exonerating Hillary Clinton in terms of a criminal prosecution back in April or May.”
“This is before Mrs. Clinton was interviewed. This is before one of her top IT aides was interviewed, Bryan Pagliano, who later went on to take the Fifth Amendment I believe. And then you’ve got, I think, 15 other witnesses who hadn’t been interviewed, including her chief of staff,” he noted.
“So this wasn’t something where they had done all the work and it was just a matter of putting all the paperwork together. They hadn’t done the core aspects of the investigation, and Comey evidently had it wired,” he charged.
We need a special prosecutor to investigate the collusion between Obama, Lynch, Comey and the Clinton campaign.
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